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So it finally happened, I got my first speeding ticket on my SP1 (at least, here in the US). I came through a sweeping left hander, hit the exit and a cop was coming the other way. I had no way of seeing him or avoiding being caught. However, a friend told me to get a radar detector and I told him it would be useless on a bike as I have to look at where I'm going and not down at some gizmo beeping at me. He said you can get motorcycle mounts and use an earphone so you hear the beeps.

Anyone looked into this? Recommendations etc????
 

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In the UK radar detectors were illegal...
So a long time ago whilst I still lived there I fitted one inside my helmet. A bit loud as it was next to my ear & annoying because I'd often forget to unplug it. Eventually from frustration, I binned it - as it would often give false alarms & be a pain to remember to connect / disconnect for each trip.

In Japan Police won't chase a speeding vehicle if it doesn't stop on request because it can endanger the lives of other road users. So my plate's horizontal. Just in case... ;)
 

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So it finally happened, I got my first speeding ticket on my SP1 (at least, here in the US). I came through a sweeping left hander, hit the exit and a cop was coming the other way. I had no way of seeing him or avoiding being caught. However, a friend told me to get a radar detector and I told him it would be useless on a bike as I have to look at where I'm going and not down at some gizmo beeping at me. He said you can get motorcycle mounts and use an earphone so you hear the beeps.

Anyone looked into this? Recommendations etc????
Damn and you didn't get it riding with me.....radar dectectors are useless.

Should have asked the cop to see the radar on what he clocked you at....bet he didn't get you until he turned around;)
 

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Damn and you didn't get it riding with me.....radar dectectors are useless.

Should have asked the cop to see the radar on what he clocked you at....bet he didn't get you until he turned around;)
lol. Sorry mate.

He was driving in the opposite direction of me on a very twisty road. Once I whipped by him and saw his lights come on, I kept on riding until I found a safe place to pull over. I had taken my helmet and gloves off by the time he pulled up behind me. He said he clocked me at 82mph in a 50. I kept apologizing and he ended up reducing the ticket to 70mph. So punishment is minimal. I was tempted to give it some beans and keep going, he would never have caught me. But with divorce court and stuff, I don't need added legal crap!
 

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lol. Sorry mate.

He was driving in the opposite direction of me on a very twisty road. Once I whipped by him and saw his lights come on, I kept on riding until I found a safe place to pull over. I had taken my helmet and gloves off by the time he pulled up behind me. He said he clocked me at 82mph in a 50. I kept apologizing and he ended up reducing the ticket to 70mph. So punishment is minimal. I was tempted to give it some beans and keep going, he would never have caught me. But with divorce court and stuff, I don't need added legal crap!
you had to wait for him to catch up ? if you hadnt stopped then he wouldn't have kept following you.... to dangerous to the others on the road. hes lucky you did :D
 

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Can't help thinking the same...
You could have gotten away easily by putting some distance between you then turned off the road and got off the bike with it out of sight.

Did he have video footage of you riding the bike? Was he accompanied?
Did he show you any proof at all?

Seems unfortunately you made yourself easy meat and as he probably felt sorry for you, he only did you for 70 mph.
 

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Can't help thinking the same...
You could have gotten away easily by putting some distance between you then turned off the road and got off the bike with it out of sight.

Did he have video footage of you riding the bike? Was he accompanied?
Did he show you any proof at all?

Seems unfortunately you made yourself easy meat and as he probably felt sorry for you, he only did you for 70 mph.
Stig, not sure on video, not accompanied and showed no proof. I did make myself easy meat, but I just didn't want to take any risks with what I have on my plate right now. I've done one from the cops on a couple of occasions here in the last 6 months but it was on roads that I know very well. Ducked into some fields back in the day in England a few times too. I was also riding with someone else who was half a mile behind me. I was worried that if the cop pulled him instead, he might have crapped himself and thrown me under the bus.
 

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you had to wait for him to catch up ? if you hadnt stopped then he wouldn't have kept following you.... to dangerous to the others on the road. hes lucky you did :D
Uhh, you don't know Indiana cops very well do you. They help to kill a few motorcyclist a year. I say help because you shouldn't run really, its much more fun to go to court and have the cops hard work reduced to a small fine and no points....;)
 

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I'm not familiar with US traffic violation laws, but was quite familiar with the system in UK and how to avoid prosecution & more so in Japan now ;)

As there was no video footage, he was going the other way and no other officer in the car, he had no proof unless you'd admit it. When asked what speed you thought you were doing, did you admit to being over the limit?

If asked in future, a good response would be to say is, "as it's a winding road I was watching what was ahead and not concentrating on reading the numbers on my speedometer".

Besides, when he pulled you up you weren't even on the bike and gloves / helmet removed. What proof did he have it was you?

You could probably contest the fine & points and likely win, unless you signed something to say you'd agreed you'd been speeding at 70 mph.

...He's probably hoping you'll just pay it and not contest.... hence reducing the speed.

Police don't usually like to go to court for something which isn't water tight. If they don't turn up, your fine is overturned automatically.

If they have nothing on you, you could ask for proof, calibration certificate for the radar detector and proof he caught you going above the limit the other way (Video fellow officer, etc) as you feel you weren't over the limit. You should also be able to see the evidence they intend to present prior to the court hearing. That is - if you can be bothered to take a day off work to contest it.

I'd have been gone, dissappeared, nada, niente... bye bye Mr. Policeman.
Just a figment of his imagination. Your friend would probably have been behind him anyways, as he did a U turn shortly after seeing you / he'd have seen the cop and slowed down himself anyways.

Feel sorry for you, but you can probably get off this if you want to.

In the event they cannot prove it, then they can't pin it on you. Simple as that.
 

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I'm not familiar with US traffic violation laws, but was quite familiar with the system in UK and how to avoid prosecution & more so in Japan now ;)

As there was no video footage, he was going the other way and no other officer in the car, he had no proof unless you'd admit it. When asked what speed you thought you were doing, did you admit to being over the limit?

If asked in future, a good response would be to say is, "as it's a winding road I was watching what was ahead and not concentrating on reading the numbers on my speedometer".

Besides, when he pulled you up you weren't even on the bike and gloves / helmet removed. What proof did he have it was you?

You could probably contest the fine & points and likely win, unless you signed something to say you'd agreed you'd been speeding at 70 mph.

...He's probably hoping you'll just pay it and not contest.... hence reducing the speed.

Police don't usually like to go to court for something which isn't water tight. If they don't turn up, your fine is overturned automatically.

If they have nothing on you, you could ask for proof, calibration certificate for the radar detector and proof he caught you going above the limit the other way (Video fellow officer, etc) as you feel you weren't over the limit. You should also be able to see the evidence they intend to present prior to the court hearing. That is - if you can be bothered to take a day off work to contest it.

I'd have been gone, dissappeared, nada, niente... bye bye Mr. Policeman.
Just a figment of his imagination. Your friend would probably have been behind him anyways, as he did a U turn shortly after seeing you / he'd have seen the cop and slowed down himself anyways.

Feel sorry for you, but you can probably get off this if you want to.

In the event they cannot prove it, then they can't pin it on you. Simple as that.
Stig, the laws are quite different here in the US compared to the UK. I know this because I am from the UK but now reside in the US. I did respond with 'no idea what speed I was going due looking through the corner and not down at my speedo'. I told him I know I was going the speed limit but I did open the throttle slightly which could have easily pushed me up to the speed he said.

It's an easy one though. I just pay the fine, enter a deferrment program, pay some more money and as long as I don't get a ticket in the next 3 months, I won't have any points on my license. Job done.
 

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Doesn't sound so bad then. ;)

Winter's coming so the chances of getting caught again within 3 months are probably slim, eh!

BTW, nice collection of bikes you have there.
 

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Doesn't sound so bad then. ;)

Winter's coming so the chances of getting caught again within 3 months are probably slim, eh!

BTW, nice collection of bikes you have there.
Mate, I really should change my signature on this thing. I thought that was where you put the bikes that you 'had' rather than 'have'. lol. So it's not really a stable of my current bikes, more of a diary of things that were. That said, I would love to go back and buy them all. Shipping from the UK might be expensive on a couple of them though.
 

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LOL, did seem a little excessive having two Speed Triples! :D
The best of the lot is the one you have now, the RC51 ;)
 

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I use a Escort SOLO S2 Cordless unit placed in my map holder clear plastic top section of my magnetic Marsee ovalution tank bag. The output is sent to a Mix-it2 audio mixer in the tank bag, that allows a MP3 and CD player output or any other device with mini headphone jack to be sent to the helmet speakers (I can't ride without earplugs for comfort and concentration) until a radar tone is sensed and then the tone over rides the music to alert you to a radar presence. Works for both front and rear radar detection. The two items cost about $500 for both from Aerostitch Warehouse. About one tickets worth of hassle.
Got a ticket from CHP that "VASCARed" me while I was acting as a wandering soulful dolt on the road (without radar) on the 80 Freeway, but still no tickets from radar since I've used it.
Two AA batteries powers Escort SOLO S2, a power cord to the power socket/lighter powers it for the cage. 9v for Mix-it2 unit. Never considered mounts since this set-up was proved by running into CHP units along Hwy 395 near Mammoth Mountain front and rear.
 

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I have to say something lol. If the cop had to make a u-turn to pull you over you should have twisted that throttle and thrown up the peace sign and good luck mr officer. I've ran from so many cops it's crazy. They know they can't catch a street bike let alone a rc51. He would have went back the the station talking about me. Not saying you don't have to be safe while doing it there is just no way. I was on the I15 here in Vegas I must have pulled about a good mile from this cop he radio ahead to another cop. I had a 3 car chase I took them past the motorspeed way at about 140 they just gave up. Still to this no ticket for that. Not saying what you did was wrong it was the right thing to do. But at the sometime your on a RC no way they can keep up lol
 

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there is also an LED attachment you can get... works much better than Audio. mount it inside your helment to the left or right side of your visor... when detected it lights up... easy to see. you can also mount them on the dash... but in the helment i find much more useful.
 

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there is also an LED attachment you can get... works much better than Audio. mount it inside your helment to the left or right side of your visor... when detected it lights up... easy to see. you can also mount them on the dash... but in the helment i find much more useful.
I use the 'vizalaert'. Here's a link: http://www.speedcheetah.com/scshop/section.php?xSec=80

It's wireless and comes with a power cord, sensor, etc that fits under your seat. I use it with a Escort 8500 X50 detector. It works pretty well.
 

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I have to say something lol. If the cop had to make a u-turn to pull you over you should have twisted that throttle and thrown up the peace sign and good luck mr officer. I've ran from so many cops it's crazy. They know they can't catch a street bike let alone a rc51. He would have went back the the station talking about me. Not saying you don't have to be safe while doing it there is just no way. I was on the I15 here in Vegas I must have pulled about a good mile from this cop he radio ahead to another cop. I had a 3 car chase I took them past the motorspeed way at about 140 they just gave up. Still to this no ticket for that. Not saying what you did was wrong it was the right thing to do. But at the sometime your on a RC no way they can keep up lol
I hear ya. Just didn't want to bother on that occasion. However, it happened again last week. Pulled out of a side street, opened it up just a little and hit 60 in a 40. Cop was coming the other way and I saw him put his lights on. This time I didn't stop. I gassed it and when I went into a dip, I pulled into another side street and hid in someone's driveway. Sure enough, the cop went screaming by. So I just pulled back out and headed back the other way. Not sure I would want to entertain a 3 car chase though.
 

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I hear ya. Just didn't want to bother on that occasion. However, it happened again last week. Pulled out of a side street, opened it up just a little and hit 60 in a 40. Cop was coming the other way and I saw him put his lights on. This time I didn't stop. I gassed it and when I went into a dip, I pulled into another side street and hid in someone's driveway. Sure enough, the cop went screaming by. So I just pulled back out and headed back the other way. Not sure I would want to entertain a 3 car chase though.
When you get things sorted....you need to come ride with me for some stress relief and I will take you where there are damn few cops that want to drop the hammer on you.:D

Try to not pay for the new sidewalks in Cicero all by yourself.;)
 
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